Quantitative evaluation of the quantity of community engagement in research
Methods: 48 questions, measured on a 4-point Likert scale, evaluate how often the project adhered with the EPs. Each EP is measured by 3-5 items; Cronbach’s alpha examines internal consistency of items to measure a single EP. Average responses are examined by EP. CE quantity scores are averages of all 48 items. CE quantity scores are examined by project, role, number of projects, and demographics (gender, age, race, education).
Results:All EPs had alpha>0.90 indicating strong internal consistency. Averages by EP range from 2.73-EP11:plan for a long term process and commitment to 2.97-EP9:Integrate and achieve a balance of all partners; between “sometimes” and “often”. CE quantity scores range from 2.69 to 3.43; between “sometimes” and “Always”.
Discussion: Community engagement in research contributes to a more nuanced understanding of health problems, increasing relevance of problems examined, improving the fit of research activities in community-based settings. The data derived from this effort suggests the utility and reliability of the CE measure and the extent that (PECaD) projects are consistent with CE principles.
Learning Areas:Biostatistics, economics
Public health or related research
Evaluate the level of community engagement in research using a quantitative survey measure
Keyword(s): Biostatistics, Community-Based Research (CBPR)
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am PhD level biostatistician with over 8 years of experience developing survey questions and conducting community engaged research
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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